from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
A public firing is always difficult to absorb. For 24 hours, on radio and TV and newspaper websites, on social media, Carlyle’s termination was the talk of the hockey world. He’s been there before. And it was always destined to end this way, whether on March 6, 2015, or five months from now or another year or two down the line. It’s the fate of all coaches in all sports. Few get to choose the time of their departure.
Carlyle is philosophical.
“I’m really at peace with it, to tell you the truth. I don’t think I left anything on the table or in the drawer.”
This city is a distinct challenge, as it will be for whoever succeeds Carlyle.
“The one thing about the job in Toronto — it will wear you down, it’ll grind you. I always tried to come out of that room and be as positive as I possibly could to the people that were on the exterior. Sure, there were things that happened inside the room that I think should stay inside the room.”
So don’t expect Carlyle get in his licks on his way out of town.
added 4:42pm, from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,